Sunday, March 27, 2016

Library Connections are Great When They Work

Books and Assistance is offered at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society that is housed in the Chula Vista Civic Center Library.

Chula Vista Public Library, Civic Center Branch
 365 F St, Chula Vista, CA 91910

John Finch offers assistance on Wednesday mornings 10 to 12 pm.  John has a room next to our stack of books with table and chairs for you to set and learn and gain more knowledge of your family.

We have Research meetings headed by Randy Seaver,  We have a computer class headed by Shirley Becker and backed up by Gary Brock.

The Research Meeting is the 2nd Wednesday of the month 12 to 2 pm.  A short presentation is given by Randy Seaver on a topic, then everyone in attendance is given a chance to present their problem or success with others in the room, sharing how they mastered the success. This is a very successful event with the room filled.  Need to sign up on the webpage or you may not have a seat.

 Computer is doing some new ideas and now starts at 10 am and stops at 11:30 am,  then starts again at 12pm to 2 pm for more advanced research.  Guess what Homework is given so that you practice the skills being taught to help you master your computer and your genealogical program.

 For those without computers, the library does have computer for use in their training room where the class is presented.  Also you can come in during day and evening hours and use the computers on the Library floor to do research and learn more about family.

Our libraries books cover every state and much data about the states. But you do not need to stop with our small stack, which at one time was 2 stacks.  You need to be using the books. There are many resources in the entire library to help you with your research.

Have you ever looked at the Historical books in the Children's Section, The family story books in the Children's sections, I broke two brick walls using the Children's area.

I miss the Research area with the various Encyclopedias that it used to carry. The Indian heritage and customs were well covered in those books and no they are not on line.  The ones on weather are no longer in the library and they are not on line.

Weather you say, of course weather it affected our ancestors more than many other things.

Have you looked for medical personnel, lawyers, judges, or other professions and in the Who's Who Books?   Having a Great Uncle and my daughter in those books you may be surprised at what you can find.

What about Artists, Seamstresses, Hat Makers, Building Contractors, almost any profession that is out there.  Leather goods, saddles, purses, chaps, jackets, hats, gloves the list goes on.  Are you remembering that old books many times were bound in Leather?  Book Makers, Publishers, again the list goes on.  Newspaper people, early camera people,  pre camera was artists.  Sketch artists have been around a very long time.

The library holds clues to these topics and answers to questions if you get the right  question presented for the Librarian to help you find your need.

Do not forget CD's, Tapes, Pictures also that may hold clues. Libraries are endless with data for genealogists and family historians.

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